June 2018
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Faith Outreach Intern Supports Work of MCCN, CSCS

Katie Isaac mug shotCongregations in the Mennonite Creation Care Network (MCCN) may receive a call this summer from Katie Isaac, a faith outreach intern working with Mennonite Creation Care Network this summer.
Katie will work with Doug Kaufman, director of pastoral ecology for MCCN and the Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions (CSCS) as he prepares retreats and curriculum for pastors. She will also work on MCCN communications and outreach to new congregations.
Katie is a third year student at Fresno Pacific University, Fresno, Ca., where she studies environmental science and political science. Personal experience with air pollution in the Central Valley of California has given her a passion for climate studies.
"What interests me most about working with MCCN is the opportunity to tangibly connect my environmental science degree, my personal emphasis on creation care and my relationship to Jesus Christ to the world in real ways," Katie says.
Katie holds one of two internships funded by the CSCS, Harrisonburg, Va. Whitney Ricker, a recent graduate of James Madison University, is working as a Climate Advocacy Intern at Mennonite Central Committee’s DC office.

On Being A Network         by Jennifer Schrock

Our network of people who care about creation continues to inch upward. On May 30, the number of live emails in our database broke 1,000. This does not include people who have joined us for a time over the past 10 years and then moved on, people lost due to email changes or people who visit us online but do not receive our newsletter.

In my role as the leader of Mennonite Creation Care Network, I wonder about what it means to be a network of people and congregations who don't really know each other. Does it matter to you that your sister Green Patchwork congregation in Saskatoon, SK, held a Buy Nothing Day? Can you feel the Spirit pulsing between the Emmanuel Mennonite Church in Gainesville, Fl., and the church that shares the same name in Abbotsford, BC?
This month I heard a sermon that made me think that if I answer no to these questions, maybe I'm missing something.   read more

river clean up ad; pix of riverMCCN River Clean-Up 2018

What do the Ottaquechee River, Wissahickon Creek, Wabash River and Elkhart River all have in common?  They've got advocates within Mennonite Creation Care Network.  If your church is planning to do something kind for your local river this summer, please use this short form to let us know. 

Traveling this summer? Make a point of learning the names of the rivers you cross.
See major rivers in Canada. Trace upstream and downstream using the U.S. Geological Service's Streamer Map.

Pam De Young Net Zero Energy Grant Applications Due

June 30 is the deadline for congregations wishing to apply for a grant toward solar panels or car charging stations. Congregations can request between $5000 and $10,000 toward the necessary hardware. More information is available here. Email to request the forms.

A column based on tips by Carole Suderman, Boulder Mennonite Church, Boulder, Colo. Carole has been offering her congregations challenges like these for the past 20 years. Tips are adapted for a broader audience.

How long does it take a head of lettuce to decompose in a landfill without oxygen? According to the documentary, Wasted, it could take up to 30 years. Food scraps rotting in a landfill create methane, a gas over 20 times more destructive to the atmosphere than carbon dioxide. Organic materials can also react with other materials in the landfill to produce toxic groundwater pollution.

* Be intentional about only buying food you will eat and not wasting the earth's abundance.

* Start a compost pile or bury your scraps in your yard with dry leaves.

* If that's not possible, see if your city has a compost pick-up. 

Unsettling the Word: Biblical Experiments in Decolonization
by Steve Heinrichs, Mennonite Church Canada, 2018

The history of the relationship between white European Christians and Indigenous Peoples is not a pretty one. Often the Bible was used as a weapon, not as an instrument for justice. Can exploited people and their allies reclaim the Bible from dominant powers? In Unsettling the Word, Indigenous and Settler authors stack of books clipartcome together to wrestle with the Scriptures, re-reading and re-imagining the ancient text in order to repair the future.
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Encountering Earth: Thinking Theologically With a More-Than-Human World
edited by Trevor George Hunsberger Bechtel, Matt Eaton, Tim Harvie; Wipf and Stock, 2018

In this collection, theologians describe encounters with places and animals that have sparked theological reflection on their parts. The publisher's blurb says: "These essays suggest that what we say theologically represents not simply ideas of our own making subsequently superimposed onto the natural world through our own discovery, but rather flow from an expressive Earth."
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"Native Knowledge: What Ecologists Are Learning from Indigenous People"

You might not think that beluga whales and beavers have much in common, but if you were an Inuit hunter in Alaska, you might have a different perspective. Ecologists are discovering a more holistic approach to research as they turn to the Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) of native people groups worldwide.

When researchers respect the thousands of years of experience that Indigenous Peoples have accumulated, the result is a better understanding of climate change and the loss of biodiversity.  

Read more at YaleEnvironment360
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